Dressing Well Is A Form Of Good Manners, Tom Ford said it so it must be true
‘Dressing well is a form of good manners’, you probably seen it strewn across a plethora of social media memes, plus quoted and mis-quoted by every fashionista and ‘style influencer’ you see at London Fashion Week but do you really understand it? What does Tom Ford mean when he says ‘Dressing well is a form of good manners’?
Well we think the quote/statement can be translated to mean, if you’ve gone to the effort of dressing your best (or well), it shows a sign of respect to whoever crosses your path or whoever you have planned to meet. Does this mean you have to wear a suit everywhere you go, everyday? Ha! if only! (*listens for cash register*). You won’t have to wear a suit everywhere you go because not every occasion calls for a suit. It means dress your best respectively to the occasion.
Lets say for example you were invited to a nice dinner, or went on a date, or invited by the queen to Buckingham palace, what would would you wear and how much thought would go into it? How about you’re just hanging around with friends, then what would the attire be and thought process? And why is it? Top guesses would say you would have on your best clothing in your wardrobe or maybe even new clothes for the first 3 accompanied by extensive thought, and perhaps the first thing you lay your hands on for the last occasion. Why dress you’re absolute best for the first 3? This can only be one thing, Respect.
If you would dress better (or well) to see the queen or a date as a mark of respect or to impress, is it fair to say that dressing down (or thoughtlessly) to see other people is a sign of disrespect? Perhaps. Maybe you could argue that friends don’t require you to make an effort and in almost every case they don’t. So what was the purpose of this post?
If you’re the kind of person who cares about being well mannered then it extends from the simple bows, graces, please and thank you’s (and even clean language), its in the way you dress too! As there are many occasions when you’re not meeting friends or not on a date or interview. Its those occasions in the middle, the sweet spot. Be aware of how you approach those situations in the way you dress. With that being said even friends should get the respect of seeing you’ve thought well about you attire choice (and combination) too, even if you feel they don’t expect it.
p.s. ‘Dressing well’ is a very subjective term and can only be determined by wearer. Anybody else’s conclusion on how you’ve dressed is simply an opinion.
p.s.s. ‘Dressing well’ is not to be confused with dressing appropriately.
Kanye West Dresses Disrespectfully
Fun Fact: Kanyes West once put a twist on the quote and referred top his great dressing as disrespectful rather than respectful (But its meant in a good way. Like how ‘bad’ doesn’t always mean bad but cool?! He’s easily been the most stylish entertainer for years now – subjective we know!). He rapped “My outfit so disrespectful…you can go ‘head and sneeze cause my presence blessed you…I mean, we walked in this ***** so stylish…”
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